NICOSIA - Some 30,000 uninsured vehicles are circulating on roads in Cyprus, according to details presented during the launch of an auto safety campaign.
According to the initiative titled ‘Don’t Drive Uninsured’ launched by REACTION, Youth Organisation for Road Safety in cooperation with the Police Traffic department, authorities are seeing an upward trend in the number of drivers failing to insure their vehicles.
Speaking to the media, Head of Reaction Marios Stavrou warned that driving an uninsured vehicle poses a serious threat to road safety.
“Unfortunately the economic crisis and the irresponsible attitude of motorists is causing an increase in the number of uninsured cars on our roads.”
Stavrou confirmed that in 2012 there were 806 collisions on the island involving uninsured vehicles, with young drivers being the main culprits.
“Motorists under the age of 25 were responsible for 32% of these crashes.” He added that the highest percentage of uninsured crashes occurred in Limassol with 39% followed by Nicosia with 38%.
“Collisions involving uninsured vehicles have a devastating impact on everyone involved and we are trying to inform the public, especially young drivers, on how to avoid these terrible consequences.”
Traffic police Chief Demetris Demetriou said the campaign which will last until August 31 will target all motorists on Cyprus roads.
“We will be informing the public over the serious consequences driving without insurance has by distributing information material and through a series of planned educational seminars.”
The traffic chief reminded that uninsured drivers face serious fines, driving licence bans and in some cases prison time.